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Here's a fun little detail from near the upper right part of the image. I think it may be light cones from a young stellar object with a jet/Herbig-Haro object within the left cone.

More glowing gas and dark dust and stars! Parallel field for Hubble's 28th anniversary observations. This is just a little southeast of the primary observation area.

Alternative description: An anecdote on how I interact better with arthropods than humans.

At a store, a woman alerted me to a bee on my sleeve. I peer down at it. "Oh, that's not a bee. That's a beautiful scarab." I bring the creature onto the tip of my finger. "Look, it has a golden butt. I'll put it outside."

An anecdote on how a bug made my day better.

@omanreagan This cross-posting app is working great. I just need to remember to check up on Mastodon, now. Planting seeds for a better future...

The circular rings are thought to be shells caused by the expansion and collapse of the star's outer layers as it goes through this transitional phase. And the dark band is a bunch of dust.

I can't explain exactly why it's happening, but to give you an idea of what you're seeing, the "X" shape is caused by cones of light emanating from the poles of a kind of dying star that is forming into the early stages of a planetary nebula.

I love how the edges of the dust torus become visible once there is enough exposure time.

Egg Nebula, or CRL2688, in the same filters, but one of them has a bunch more exposure time. The two datasets are around 7 years apart, so the nebula expanded a bit. Makes it hard to neatly align the images.

PS sorry I am a few days late on this. Just so busy with moving and the house that I am barely even at my computer. :(

Here's an article featuring me and other citizen scientists. Read a short bit about how image processing helps me cope with life. I see you too, @omcintyre@twitter.com! I have to see what else others are up to. I'm just a tiny piece of a grand puzzle.

Pat and I heard a rustling in our attic fan and feared a rodent infestation. We opened the fan vent, and this alligator lizard fell out instead.

Moving still burns me out, but somehow it bothers me less now than it did when I was a little kid.

Chopsticks + rubber bands = me not having to hold the syrup bottle. Making pecan pie.

I can't post any space pictures because I'm away from my home computer. Here is a picture of my friend's cat Atticus.

What Oumuamua looked like last month on the 12th. A tiny white dot, near center. Each color is from one exposure. Multiple exposures were required for any meaningful signal. If it's too small to see here, there is a bigger version at Flickr: flic.kr/p/DB2QgP


Finished Black Mirror. Caters 100% to the pessimist who'd like nothing more than to experience some form of virtual revenge or "I told you so" moments in the context of a few major social issues. Why get up and do something about any of it when you can sit back and let the poison in. I confess a craving for more. Alas, there are only six episodes.

I spent the past week or so working on this. It's a combination of Hubble visible and near-infrared data, and Chandra x-ray data! I learned a lot about processing Chandra data. There's more about it over at my Flickr gallery:


My dad came to visit me and managed to be racist and homophobic enough to get me to stop talking to him, so he wants to change his flight because he "seems to be in everyone's way"

It's hard enough to entertain someone for an entire week when they aren't being obnoxious.

Neptune in near-infrared and red from Hubble. Same filters and similar processing as the Uranus picture from a little while back. ( mastodon.social/@geckzilla/989 ) mastodon.social/media/pkjqfoI3